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THE KING OF FIGHTERS LANDS ON XBOX, LIVE

IGNITION ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS THE KING OF FIGHTERS: MAXIMUM IMPACT TO XBOX GAMERS

Thursday 24 March 2005/... Ignition Entertainment can today announce that The King Of Fighters: Maximum Impact is coming to Xboxes across Europe in June '05, with full Live capability.

Maximum Impact is the first time the long-running series The King of Fighters has gone 3D. Whilst three-dimensional versions of two-dimensional games can often struggle to capture the spirit of the originals, KOFMI not only retains its core gameplay elements but also expands them, bringing many new features that today's gamer expects from a fighting game. Next-generation visuals combined with traditional The King of Fighters mechanics creates a game fans of the series will instantly feel at home with, and the new combo system creates a fresh way to play for pros and newcomers alike.

Sporting online versus play and the capacity to take screenshots and save replays, SNK is pulling out all the stops on this eagerly awaited Xbox release. Maximum Impact features new characters and gameplay modes alongside an option to enable the original Japanese voices, to create the authentic Eastern experience. The PAL release boasts full 60hz compatibility for those with suitable hardware.

"Live functionality, allowing people to play against each other online, is something we think is important to offer in a fighting game," says Peter Rollinson, Product Manager, Ignition Entertainment. "We wanted to ensure that we had the best overall package we could offer for the Xbox version of Maximum Impact that takes full advantage of Microsoft's excellent online facilities."

Gameplay Features-

  • Take screenshots from any viewpoint during play and save them to the HDD (exclusive to Xbox)
  • Battle with a friend and save the fight to the HDD to watch later (exclusive to Xbox)
  • Optional original Japanese voices
  • Various ways to play - including an all-new mission structure
  • Brand new characters and story line
  • Exciting combo options
  • Stacks of unlockables - including outfits and stages

The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact will be available for Xbox, June '05, with a suggested retail price of £29.99

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For more information, please contact:

Leo Tan or Simon Byron, Barrington Harvey

01462 456780

leo.tan@bhpr.co.uk simon.byron@bhpr.co.uk

About IGNITION ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED

Ignition Entertainment Limited is a privately owned software developer and publisher. Ignition was created by a core team of gaming industry veterans with the purpose of building upon their successful track record within the international games industry, and to bring a fresh new approach to both the development and distribution of original gaming product. You can find more information about IGNITION ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED at http://www.ignitionent.com

About SNK PLAYMORE & SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION

Over the past 15 years, SNK has published classic arcade titles such as THE KING OF FIGHTERS, BASEBALL STARS, METAL SLUG, SAMURAI SHODOWN, and FATAL FURY on a wide variety of home gaming and handhelds systems. In June 2003, SNK opened SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION in Wall, New Jersey to again publish arcade classics on the current home and portable gaming systems.

You can find more information about SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION games at

http://www.snkplaymore.co.jp/

You can find more information about SNK NEOGEO USA CONSUMER CORPORATION games at http://www.snkplaymoreusa.com

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